The Azucar Ball of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation (NOHHF) took place on November 19 at the Hotel InterContinental and was nothing short of a grand fiesta with an abundance of food, nonstop music and cause for celebration.

NOHHF is a nonprofit organization that treasures its Hispanic heritage by promoting its unique culture and creating public awareness in the community with the NOHHF scholarship fund. Since 1993, NOHHF has awarded these scholarships to over 250 talented high school students that attend public, private and parochial schools.  

This year’s theme was “Perlas del Caribe,” or Pearls of the Caribbean. To coordinate with the theme, a painting by artist Richard Johnson entitled “Water Pearls” was auctioned that night. Co-chairs Carmen Duncan and Elena Countiss welcomed guests to a patron party followed by the main event and silent auction.

Patrons celebrated with delights from chefs Adolfo Garcia and Nicholas Bazan III of Rio Mar Restaurant.

The gala served guests dishes from Andrea’s, Barü, Caribbean Spice, Coquette, Galvez, La Boca, La Louisiane Bakery, Luke, Mondo, Mr. B’s Bistro and Rambla. Music by Julio y Cesar and Rumba Buena serenaded guests all night.  

The black-tie event recognized honoree Rafael Goyeneche III, managing director and president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, with the Galvez Cup. The Galvez Cup is an award that recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to New Orleans’ Hispanic community. Talented high school students of the NOHHF scholarship program were also recognized.
Proceeds of the Azucar Ball went toward its scholarship program.

Event at a Glance
What: “Azucar Ball,” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
When: Saturday, November 19, 2011
Where: Hotel InterContinental New Orleans